PROFESSIONAL basketball team KL Dragons’ CEO Bobby Ong hopes to bring more exposure to the game.
Bobby said basketball was currently ranked eighth in Malaysia. But, he said it should have been the top three behind football and badminton.
Hence, during their off-season in June from the Asean Basketball League (ABL), the KL Dragons will once again try and give back something to the community.
Bobby admitted basketball was the easiest game to pick up so they would organise coaching clinics for the third consecutive year in various schools around Malaysia.
Therefore he is hoping to see a great number of participation among secondary school students.
“Clinics are run for approximately two hours each and the team attempts to visit each school two or three times.
“From there, potential players will go for a trial at our academy,” he said, adding that they would pick more non-Chinese schools to be part of the programme.
“We will go around 40 schools in 60 days. The clinics will be conducted by national head coach Goh Cheng Huat assisted by KL Dragons players such as captain Guganeswaran Batumalai and import player Cedric Bozeman,“ added Bobby.
The basketball clinics will also be held in Malacca, Kuching and Penang.
Intensive ball handling, dribbling, passing and shooting are part of the drills that will be taught during the clinics.
“In football, we have already seen Safee Sali becoming the first millionaire in the game. I believe our local players in basketball can play in big leagues such as the Philippines Basketball Association and competing with popular teams Shanghai Sharks which is owned by Yao Ming in the China League,” he added.